Yearly archives: 2015


Real ale and cider lovers will be setting their reminders for 9am on Tuesday September 1st when advance tickets go on sale for Manchester’s biggest beer festival.

Now in its third year, the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival is organised by the Greater Manchester branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). And drinkers will have a new venue as the festival moves to Manchester Central in the heart of the city, following two successful years at Manchester Velodrome.

The celebration of local, regional and national brewing runs from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd January 2016. Over 500 beers, ciders and perries will be available to enjoy in the main hall. Established brewery favourites like Hawkshead, Outstanding and Bollington will be joined by the best of new brewers such as Silver Street and Stockport Brewing.

Organisers are anticipating bigger crowds than 2015’s record-breaking attendance. Local lovers of Britain’s national drinks will form much of the attendance, but the event generates visitors to the city from the rest of the UK and abroad. Many drinkers want the certainty of gaining entry to the sessions. The online ticketing provided in association with EventBrite provides just that.

Tickets will be priced from just £3.00 and are available from the festival website, and its Facebook page. And to reward early bird bookings, a 50p discount will be automatically applied until the end of September.

Festival Organiser Graham Donning said: “No one wants to travel to a much-anticipated event only to be left queuing outside as we reach capacity. Booking tickets in advance guarantees entry and allows many to plan their visit to Manchester. The festival is the centrepiece, but we also expect many of the city’s pubs and breweries to be running fringe events. It will make this four days of liquid fun.”

The 2015 festival attracted nearly 11,500 visitors who enjoyed almost 39,000 pints of cask ale and 4,000 pints of cider and perry. More than 300 CAMRA members volunteer to set up and serve at the festival.

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1. The full schedule of prices (before early bird discount is):

Wednesday: £3
Thursday: £3 before 5pm; £4 after
Friday: £4 before 5pm; £6 after
Saturday: £4

2. Early bird discount of 50p per ticket is applicable from 1st – 30th September 2015.

2. Images from previous festivals can be found at



21st July 2015

For Immediate Release:


Manchester Beer & Cider Festival confirms move to Manchester Central

The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival – Manchester’s premier celebration of the finest beers & ciders – has confirmed its new home for 2016 as the main hall at Manchester Central. The region’s largest Beer & Cider festival will take place from Wednesday 20th – Saturday 23rd January 2016. Event organisers the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) announced earlier this year that they were seeking a new home after two years at Manchester Velodrome.

Six months of meetings and negotiations has seen the organisers secure their first choice venue which will allow them to retain all the features which attracted over 11,000 drinkers to the 2015 festival and is expected to attract even more at its new central home. The festival will feature a massive choice of over 500 beers, ciders and perries across a range of bars. Work is already underway on selecting the beers with established favourites including Marble Beers, Hawkshead Brewery and Brightside Beers already on board alongside relative newcomers to the local beer scene including Cryptic Ales and Seven Brothers.

Festival Organiser Graham Donning said “We are very excited to be bringing the festival right into the heart of the city. With direct access from the newly improved Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink station and Deansgate rail station, we couldn’t have a better location for our customers who flock from across the region and indeed from all over the country to attend.”

When asked about the process of selecting a new venue he added “The last few months have been very busy behind the scenes as we sought the perfect venue. Myself and my colleagues have visited numerous venues across the city and held countless meetings to discuss available dates, logistics, budgets and all the other dull details which the drinkers never see. We are delighted that we have been able to secure an agreement with what was our first choice venue. ”

Although only three years old, the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival has established itself as one of the top beer festivals in the UK, with one of the largest ranges of beers and cider. Up to 13,000 visitors are expected to travel from all over the country and beyond to attend the festival which complements Manchester’s growing international reputation as a centre for craft beer. Hundreds of volunteers will spend four days setting up what will become Manchester’s largest pub serving over 50,000 pints over the four day event.

Tickets for the event are scheduled to go on sale on Tuesday 1st September via the festival website at



Notes to editors:
1) The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival is organised by the Greater Manchester Branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

2) The 2015 festival attracted around 11,500 customers to Manchester Velodrome over 4 days from 21st – 24th January 2015.


Issued 10th May 2015

For Immediate Release:


British Cycling prevent flagship festival’s return to Manchester Velodrome …

Despite attracting over 20,000 beer fans to the Manchester Velodrome over the past two January’s with visitors travelling from around the world to attend, the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival will be moving on to pastures new. Although organisers The Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) had hoped to take the regions’ premier celebration of malt & hops back to the National Cycling Centre in 2016, the centre’s management have been unable to come to an agreement with main tenant British Cycling over a date for the 2016 event.

Festival organiser Graham Donning said “This is extremely disappointing. The Velodrome has made an excellent setting for Manchester’s premier beer & cider event and both CAMRA and the NCC management wanted to continue to build on the success of the event.”

“Over our two years, we did everything we could to accommodate the wishes of the Team GB coaches and minimise any disruption to their training programme. We were prepared to do so again, including moving the event to a time when the team was away. Sadly, despite the efforts of the NCC management to negotiate and our willingness to be flexible, we have to accept that British Cycling are the main tenants and effectively have a veto on which events are held in the Velodrome.

The 2015 festival featured over 500 beers & ciders from breweries across the region and beyond – ranging from exciting new microbrewers like Silver Street & Thirst Class to historical names such as Robinson’s and Thwaites. Over 11,000 people attended, an increase of 1000 over the 2014 inaugural event, with comments on social media lauding both the quality and range of beers on offer and the spectacular setting.

Graham and his team are looking to bring a similar exciting range of beers to a new home for 2016 and are already in discussions with a number of venues across Manchester & Salford, including exploring holding the festival in marquees to accommodate the numbers. They are also inviting potential venues who could accommodate over 2500 visitors at a time to bid to host the event.

Graham added “Manchester is known nationwide as a hotbed for the renaissance in British Brewing and we are determined that our event will continue as the region’s biggest showcase for the amazing beers now being produced in Britain. When the National Winter Ales Festival was held in Manchester, it moved venue twice and carried on. We will do the same.”
He concluded by saying “We would like to express our thanks to Jarl Walsh, Nicola O’Neill and all their staff at the NCC for all their help in making the festival at the Velodrome such a success.”



Notes to editors:
1) The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival is organised by the Greater Manchester Branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
2) The 2015 festival attracted around 11,500 customers over 4 days from 21st – 24th January 2015.
3) Potential venues need to be able to accommodate a minimum of 2000 visitors at one time, with a floor space of at least 2500 square metres. A ready supply of potable water and a power supply capable of providing 300A peak load.

Manchester Cider & Perry Festival

The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival is behind us, but June will see our sister festival come to Copper Face Jacks @ The Palace Hotel on Oxford Street. Now in its fifth year, the Greater Manchester CAMRA Cider and Perry Festival will provide a unique opportunity to sample a wide range of traditional cider and perry without any possible distractions from beer. The GMCPF is one of the few CAMRA festivals which focuses exclusively on cider and perry, a rare event outside of the main cider producing regions in the South. There will be a choice of over 40 ciders and perries available at the festival, sourced from a variety of small and medium sized producers from around the country.

Friday 26th & Saturday 27th June 2015 Open from Noon – 10:30pm daily Copper Face Jacks @ The Palace Hotel
For more information, see the festival website at